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Graveyard1984
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:53 pm    Post subject: Major problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yesterday I was checking the antifreeze freeze protection in my antique tractors .
I was using the little thing with the balls in that float and the clear tube fell off in the radiator.
How do I get it out?
Or do I just leave it in the radiator?
If left in their will it hurt anything?
Thanks
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Major problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The tube and balls are likely bigger than the radiator tubes. I would leave it until spring, then when warm, fish it out. Careful use a a piece of copper wire with a "L" in the end can be used as a rake to pull them to the fill neck. Jim
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Major problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The clear tube is all that fell off
I still have the device.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Major problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Shop vac sometimes works
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:44 am    Post subject: Re: Major problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Call me lazy, but I think I would just go buy a new tester and forget about it.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:31 am    Post subject: Re: Major problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I say fuhgetaboutit. It's too big to fit through the radiator tubes, and the coolant flow won't allow it to go back into the thermostat where it could cause problems.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:36 am    Post subject: Re: Major problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I think the tube and the balls will stay in the top of the radiator. If it were me I would take the radiator off, turn it upside down and rinse it out.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:59 am    Post subject: Re: Major problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Topic should have read minor problem. Get one of these flexible grabbers...see link...Harbor Freight, home improvement store, auto parts store any of these should have one. Drain coolant down below to header plate of radiator and remove. Or leave it in there most likely won?t hurt a thing. A major problem is a hole in your block with a connecting rod sticking out and your antifreeze on the floor. Lol.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:41 am    Post subject: Re: Major problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I don't see it causing any problem.

If it happens to float by where you can see it, grab it, but more likely to cause damage poking around in there than just leaving it.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:35 am    Post subject: Re: Major problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If it's just the tube drain the coolant enough to see it, then use a bent wire and fish it out. Coat hanger end hook should go into one end of the tube well enough.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:38 am    Post subject: Re: Major problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

i have one somewhere in the groj ???????????????????????????
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:01 am    Post subject: Re: Major problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have one of those. Don't use it often but I'm sure glad to have it when I need it. I'm sure I didn't pay much for it, I think I got it at a Flee Market somewhere for a buck or two.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:41 am    Post subject: Re: Major problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Saw these in the tool aisle at Walmart recently. $4.99 comes with a magnetic pickup tool (car antenna style) and a tiny magnetic tray. I grabbed a few for stocking stuffers.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:46 am    Post subject: Re: Major problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Those little ball type that l I have used had a glass tube. Just leave it, would be more trouble than it is worth.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:31 am    Post subject: Re: Major problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a lost a few of those tubes in radiators over the years on different tractors. Never had a problem related to the tube in the radiator. I wouldn't worry about it.
 
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